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Neuroscience for Learning and Development

Book Description

This practical, evidence-based guide equips Learning and Development practitioners with the science to deliver greater impact with their training, and the evidence that they are adding value to the organization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Neuroscience for Learning and Development
  3. Title Page
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. 01    Why neuroscience and learning are good companions
    1. Do you know…?
    2. Your invitation to come on a journey
    3. Who you are as the reader
    4. Why this book has been written now
    5. The reasons I’m interested in the neuroscience of learning
    6. The definition of neuroscience for this book
    7. What you’ll find on this journey
    8. A start on the ‘How can I…?’
    9. So what? – takeaway ideas to experiment with
    10. How to navigate this book
    11. Summary
    12. References and further reading
  7. 02    The science of your brain
    1. When was your last eureka moment?
    2. Building blocks
    3. What’s the structure?
    4. The brain’s messengers – neurotransmitters and hormones
    5. What else is going on in your brain?
    6. What are some of the tools of neuroscience?
    7. Other definitions
    8. So what? – takeaway
    9. Summary
    10. References and further reading
  8. 03    What to do when someone says ‘neuroscience says…’
    1. Sometimes things aren’t all they seem
    2. Overview
    3. What you’ll cover in this chapter
    4. Perils of research
    5. Six questions to ask when someone says ‘research shows’
    6. Summary
    7. References and further reading
  9. 04    The science of learning
    1. Thinking about yourself whilst learning can inhibit your performance
    2. Overview
    3. What learning isn’t
    4. What learning is
    5. Some of the biology that’s useful
    6. Types of learning
    7. Working with a model of learning
    8. Summary
    9. References and further reading
  10. 05    Motivating learners from curiosity to persistence
    1. ‘When you’re smiling…’
    2. Motivated learners
    3. Brain states
    4. More practical steps to motivation
    5. Other influences on people’s beliefs about learning – negative and positive
    6. Motivating yourself
    7. Summary
    8. References and further reading
  11. 06    Use your sense: Getting information from the outside world and into your head
    1. Learning through your senses
    2. Real world challenges
    3. How the senses work
    4. Summary
    5. References and further reading
  12. 07    Attention, learning and why Goldilocks deserves recognition
    1. Look over there!
    2. What attention is and why you need it in learning
    3. System of attention
    4. Attention span
    5. Attention from inside and outside
    6. Paralysis by presentation
    7. Summary
    8. References and further reading
  13. 08    Making learning meaningful and valuing intelligence
    1. Beautiful mathematics
    2. The disruptive element in the classroom
    3. Intelligence and learning
    4. Summary
    5. References and further reading
  14. 09    Meaningful memories: From encoding to forgetting
    1. I’ve never met you before – have I?
    2. What is memory?
    3. Types of memories
    4. How you process memories
    5. How to help your learners remember
    6. Summary
    7. References and further reading
  15. 10    Testing, experimenting, habits and practice
    1. Punish the correct answer
    2. Why it’s important to test, experiment and practise whilst learning
    3. How to test
    4. Why sometimes testing gets in the way of learning
    5. Tests of learning
    6. Summary
    7. References and further reading
  16. 11    Review and reflect – getting rid of the magic wand
    1. The Truly Terrible Training Course
    2. Why you need to review – what it feels like when you don’t
    3. Reviewing – the story of a beautiful relationship
    4. How to build the relationship
    5. How and when to review learning
    6. Who to involve
    7. Top Tips
    8. Summary
    9. References and further reading
  17. 12    Stickier stories and food for thought
    1. What you’ll cover in this chapter
    2. Stickier stories
    3. Language and learning
    4. Whilst we’re talking about the environment
    5. Being exploratory, playful and experimental
    6. Musically speaking
    7. Summary
    8. References and further reading
  18. 13    The future is already with us
    1. Overview
    2. The quantum brain
    3. Technology
    4. Taking pills to make you smarter
    5. Summary
    6. References and further reading
  19. 14    The end of this journey and the start of more
    1. Managing tube journeys
    2. What you’ll find in this final chapter
    3. A race through a review
    4. Some challenges of embracing neuroscience into your practice
    5. Benefits of applying practical ideas from neuroscience
    6. Top ideas to take away
    7. Your call to action
    8. The end of this particular journey
    9. Summary
    10. References and further reading
  20. Index
  21. Copyright